Getting permission to renovate a historically listed town house in London can be trying. Fraher Architects spent months meeting with planning officials before they were given the okay to do “something more than a pastiche of the existing building,” architect Elizabeth Webster says. But the waiting paid off: the formerly dark basement kitchen now feels much lighter, thanks to the addition of white oak floor boards, bright plaster walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in garden views.
Danny Seo had one specific requirement for his Pennsylvania kitchen renovation: stainless-steel cabinets to replace the original, musty wood ones. “Stainless steel is timeless,” he says. “I wanted something that was clean on the outside and on the inside. It’s hygienic, 100 percent recyclable, and, for the home’s modern feel and look, it made the most sense.”
For their lakeside retreat in northwestern Michigan, Keith and Mary Campbell renovated a 1970s ranch house to include a spacious kitchen-dining room. Clad in a warm mix of oak, pine, and maple, the modern home nods to vernacular cabin culture, though the horizontal layout and irregular plank widths add a sophisticated twist. A black granite island anchors the space, which is decorated with classic lighting and contemporary furniture. See the full resource list below.
To update the kitchen at this Boston loft, Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop and contractor Michel Beaudry created a clean-lined space. The space is designed to accommodate the client's busy schedule, which affords him little time for cooking.
To transform a gaudy and green developer kitchen, Nanelda Priftaj, an in-house designer at bulthaup Toronto, stuck to a sophisticated palette of light woods and stainless-steel appliances. "We chose materials that elevate the aesthetic timelessness and comfort of the space," she says. "Keeping this in mind, we chose several reflective surfaces to brighten the kitchen." The result is a sleek cook space.
Dan Pacek and John Roynon of Leonia, New Jersey, expanded and renovated their tiny kitchen, integrating it more sensibly into their 1911 house while borrowing natural light from secondary sources, such as a window on the landing leading to the second floor.
Originally built in the 1970s, this cliff-side house in North Vancouver was in need of an improvement and update. The owners, both visually-minded artistic directors at gaming companies, embarked on a multi-stage renovation that added a sharp modern aesthetic with clean surfaces and volumes. The kitchen and nearby areas were the first stage of the renovation by D’Arcy Jones Architecture.
The kitchen at this renovated row house in Montreal is an exercise in both sustainability and creativity. The island is wrapped with reclaimed scrap wood uncovered from the house during demolition. Chalkboard walls provide a whimsical canvas for graphic images and notes.
At this Brooklyn loft renovation, the kitchen is characterized by a careful coordination of color, where the gray and white marble backsplash, lit with faint orange lights, mediates between the ashen column and ochre cabinets.
The living and kitchen areas at this modern Madrid apartment were reconfigured to seamlessly join a terrace surfaced with artificial turf and Nature Teka decking by Disegna. The beam was coated in a shade of turquoise paint that matches the Acapulco chairs.
By adding natural light and circulation to Frederic and Sally Pla's existing kitchen in Encinitas, California, designer Sol Quintana Wagoner achieved a comfortable atmosphere ideal for entertaining house guests.
In order to brighten this tiny Manhattan apartment's kitchen, architects Richard Garber and Nicole Robertson replaced walls and doors with translucent Panelite.
An extra-thin slab of Carrara marble is paired with cabinets from Ikea, painted a serene powder blue, in this 258-square-foot Swedish apartment.